Family of Tanisha Anderson files wrongful death lawsuit against city of Cleveland

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CLEVELAND- The family of Tanisha Anderson, who died in police custody, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Cleveland.

On Nov. 12, officers were called to a house on Ansel Road for a family disturbance. Anderson, 37, agreed to be taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, but then started to resist police, the report said.

Anderson’s body went limp and she was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, where she was pronounced dead.

On Wednesday, Anderson’s family filed a suit in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio against the city and two Cleveland police officers. The lawsuit accuses the Cleveland Division of Police of excessive force, wrongful death, assault and battery, and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“When Cleveland Police officers placed Tanisha in a zone car, Tanisha became anxious and scared due to her mental state. The officers then screamed at her and pushed on her and then slammed her to the ground and put pressure on her back while handcuffing her. As a result, Tanisha lost consciousness and stopped breathing,” the suit said.

The city of Cleveland said it does not comment on ongoing litigation. Anderson’s family will hold a news conference on Thursday to discuss the complaint.

Anderson’s death was ruled a homicide last week. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said she had a heart condition and suffered from bipolar disorder.

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